Blockchain and the law

It is simply incorrect to say decentralized applications, or use cases of the blockchain, are incompatible with legacy legal constructs. Instead, I simply view there to be friction between the new and the old that more often than not accompanies the introduction of promising new technologies.
Read more at BraveNewCoin...

No insurance for SA lawyers

Transfer attorneys in South Africa have increasingly become the victims of online scammers in the real estate sector, stated Rapport. Victims suffer losses worth millions of rand because insurers no longer provide cover for such scams. The Attorneys’ Insurance Indemnity Fund (AIIF) said that in the past two years there has been a significant increase in cyber-crime-related claims.
Read more at MyBroadband...

Cape Law Society

The baseless fraud charges filed against a sitting Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, during October 2016 and many other pending investigations against the President and senior members of government ostensibly on allegations of corruption, theft, fraud and other heinous crimes, signifies that South Africa is facing a constitutional crisis. These cases come at a time when the country continues to face the threat of a serious economic downgrade with far-reaching consequences for our collective future.

Tony Ellis receiving the Olympus DS-5500 from Olympus’s sales manager Shaun Naude

Congratulations to our 3rd and last winner in our Olympus Audio S.A DS-5500 Giveaway – Mr. Tony Ellis from JHB.

Deltek Insight 2016

Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced the winners of its annual Project Excellence Awards program at Deltek Insight’s 2016 user conference in National Harbor, MD. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Deltek customer and partner achievements in improving business processes and performance, driving innovation, increasing profitability and winning new business with Deltek solutions. The winners were selected from an extensive pool of nominations that applied for the awards in 2016...
Read more at Silversoft...

Cape Law Society

The Cape Law Society learned with shock of a statement attributed to PAGAD, which was allegedly made by their spokesperson, Mr Haroon Orrie, in which PAGAD supported those behind the murder of Mr Noorudien Hassan, a member of the Cape Law Society. The Society condemns in the strongest possible terms not only the murder of any of its members and indeed any person, but also the fact that those behind this heinous crime would receive any support for committing such a crime.

Blockchain and trade trust

The age old problem of low levels of trust between importer and exporter when it comes to payment looks set to be alleviated by the adopting of “blockchain” technology in the banking system.

Webber Wentzel

As the legal services industry becomes increasingly competitive, there is a growing demand on law firms to adopt innovative approaches to deliver legal services more efficiently and cost effectively.  Webber Wentzel’s newly launched in-house legal process outsourcing (LPO) capability, named the Webber Wentzel Legal Services Centre (LSC), is an important component of the firm’s client-centric service delivery approach, optimising the right combination of resourcing and technology for each matter. 

Africa Legal Jobs

There are a variety of different ways in which a law firm can measure its success, depending on the perspective taken. If law firms have the expertise that their clients need, when their clients need it, in the location that their clients operate in, then they are positioned to succeed. 

SAFLII needs financial assistance

SAFLII is a crucial resource for the legal community. Not only does it help all lawyers to do their job but it opens the doors of the legal profession, by helping young lawyers to gain access to the law for free.
Read more at SAFLII.org...

Attorney_Profession_Review_2016

An increased appetite for online services, smarter use of technology, and the entrenchment of digital research, are just some of the continuing shifts among the attorneys’ profession in South Africa. This is according to a new survey of close to 750 South African attorney firms, conducted by LexisNexis South Africa content and technology solutions provider in partnership with Law Society of South Africa.

Sabinet at LIASA Awards

Sabinet, a sponsor of the Library and Information Association of South Africa’s (LIASA) 2016 conference, proudly sponsored the prize for the first runner-up in the 2016 awards. Mercia Sias of the Western Cape branch was this year’s deserving recipient. 

Korbitec

November 2016 will mark one year since legal content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), part of RELX Group, acquired Korbitec, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals. The successful acquisition has significantly extended LexisNexis’ reach into the conveyancing field, which is a critical component of the South African legal market where conveyancing firms represent 25% of the landscape.

Second winner for Olympus DS5500 giveaway competition

Congratulations to the second winner in our Olympus Audio S.A DS-5500 Giveaway – Advocate Tertius Steyn from JHB. Tertius received his new Olympus DS-5500 Digital Voice Recorder from Olympus’s JHB based sales representative Thandi Mncube a few days ago. We would like to wish Tertius many happy recording hours with his new device.

international criminal court

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds its voice to those calling on the South African Government to reconsider its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The LSSA is gravely disappointed at the unilateral decision by the Government to initiate South Africa’s withdrawal process from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by executive act.

the_law_store_inside_walmart

For years, Kurt Benecke says, it made sense for law firms to be clustered around town squares. They were the hub of cities across America. But downtowns don't play that role as much anymore, says Benecke. He's the chief operating officer of The Law Store, a Joplin-based company opening legal offices in what it considers the modern-day equivalent of the town square: the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer.
Read more at News Leader...

law_firm_contracts_online

I am always astounded that attorneys don’t grab technology by the scruff of it’s neck and shake it until every single ounce of productivity and additional profit has fallen out. Attorneys seem content with leaving things as they are. I generalise of course.

Angus Herringer of e4

According to Gartner, SaaS shows no signs of decline, with even the smallest SaaS segment seeing a compound annual growth rate of 19.7% through 2019. Angus Herringer, joint Head of Financial Services, e4, a technology solutions company, says the trend is definitely growing in Africa. 

too busy

Everyone complains they are too busy. The only time I can recall people complaining that they were not busy was in Biglaw in 2008, when there was little work to go around and everyone was afraid (with ample justification) they were about to get laid off.

It’s hard to know if someone — even you yourself — is truly too busy. After all, people with 9-to-5s can feel like they are too busy. One of my entrepreneur clients says he doesn’t like to work more than five hours a day, and when he bumps up against five hours, he will immediately stop working. So when would he be too busy? When one day he has to work five hours and ten minutes?
Read more at Above the Law...

LexisNexis_Care

Various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from RE Cares, an annual global community programme spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its global parent company, the RELX Group. This is the first year that LexisNexis is also joined by its Korbitec division which it acquired in November 2015.

LSSA call for investigation into SABC

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) adds it voice to the calls for an investigation into the fitness of the Board members of the SABC to hold office in the public interest. ‘We believe that the arrogant and irrational actions by the SABC Board in appointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng to another position within the SABC, disregard the remedial action recommended by the Public Protector.

Cape Law Society

The Council of the Cape Law Society (“CLS”) unanimously resolved at it's Council meeting on Sunday, 25 September 2016 to utilise its resources as well as establish a team of mediators from amongst its members in the three provinces that fall under its jurisdiction, namely the Northern, Western and Eastern Provinces, with a view to offering mediation services to all concerned parties, in particular the universities, student formations and relevant government departments, in the 2017 education dispute in an effort to resolve the current impasse. 

Winner of Olympus competition for August 2016

Congratulations to the first winner of the Olympus Audio S.A Giveaway – Margaret Bigby from Durban.

Attorneys Fidelity Fund of South Africa

The legal representatives of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund have studied the judgment handed down by the Honourable Mr Acting Justice Adams in the North Gauteng High Court on 14 September 2016,  and have advised that there are sound grounds for an appeal.

LexisNexis

Legal education and research in neighbouring Zimbabwe have been enhanced through a significant donation of books to the University of Zimbabwe, which is highly respected for producing most of that country’s judges, administrative tribunals, academics, and public and private sector lawyers.

Christo Els


Webber Wentzel is proud to have received awards in the following categories at the African Legal Awards 2016, which were held in Johannesburg on Friday 9 September, 2016.
• Mergers & Acquisitions Team of the Year;
• Technology, Media and Telecommunications Team of the Year;
• Diversity Initiative of the Year; and
• Odette Geldenhuys, a member of our Pro Bono team, won the Attorney of the Year Award.

Wi-Fi_launch_Northern_Cape_High_Court

LexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal and professional markets, has continued its drive to make the practice of law more efficient and mobile, by introducing a Wi-Fi hotspot at Kimberley’s Northern Cape Division of the High Court of South Africa.

New Bowmans logo

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group today announced that from 1 September 2016 it will operate across Africa under one brand name:  Bowmans.
 
Chairman and Senior Partner, Rob Legh, says, “This is a natural step forward for us. For some time, we have seen an increasing level of corporate and public sector activity across the continent. The model we chose to address this has involved establishing offices in key jurisdictions and working in a fully integrated way to deliver a one-stop service to our clients. However, while our offices are integrated, our brand has not reflected this until now.”

Wills Week 2016 South Africa

As has become tradition over the past few years, members of the public will be able to have a basic will drafted by an attorney free of charge during National Wills Week from 12 to 16 September 2016. Attorneys’ firms throughout the country are participating in the National Wills Week project.

Blockchain Revolution and Financial Regulation in South Africa

The provision of banking and financial services in South Africa is a highly regulated activity and the revolutionary Fintech (financial technology) is posing a significant challenge to the current regulatory framework. The challenge has been acknowledged by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in its position paper on  virtual currencies issued in 2014.

Legal fees survey

Law firms sure know how to keep money coming in the door even when demand drops. They just keep raising those rates.
That’s once again the takeaway from Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group, in their latest midyear report on the financial health of law firms.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal...

The new Bowmans logo

I am pleased to announce that from today our firm will be operating across Africa under one brand name: Bowmans.
Bowmans reflects our ‘one firm’ ethos which is demonstrated in our historical ability to provide seamless advice to our clients across Africa, through a single point of contact. While our offices are extensively integrated, our brand has not reflected this until now.

e-conveyancing steps

E-conveyancing provides Australian property lawyers and conveyancers with improved process efficiencies and superior client service. So how do you transact online? Members of Australia's e-conveyancing community can perform transactions online by following these eight simple steps. These include property transfers, mortgages, discharge of mortgages, caveats and financial settlement.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...

LogikCull eDiscovery

As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.
Read more at TechCentral...

using technology to catch cheating spouses

The sprawling Manhattan apartment had a gorgeous view of Central Park. But two quarter-size cameras with wide-angle pinhole lenses, discreetly hidden behind crown moulding, were not there to photograph foliage. A financial-world heavyweight suspected that his wife was cheating with her office colleague, and he wanted to secure hard evidence.
Read more at The New York Post...

LSSA to raise voting issues with IEC

According to reports received from Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) election observers, our preliminary conclusion is that the elections were, on the whole, free and fair. ‘However, we did witness some irregularities which we will be investigating further during the coming week.

Tech4Law now available in 100 languages

We have made a few changes to the website, to further extend our reach with readers and to increase our range of topics.

Thabang Ratau - Graduate Recruitment Manager at Webber Wentzel

“The award is a testament to the immense efforts that have gone into developing our world class graduate recruitment programme that is geared at attracting talented candidates, who are driven and ambitious, to join the Webber Wentzel team,” says Thabang Ratau, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Webber Wentzel.

Siyande Khanyile

In March 2005, Ms Nkata purchased a property in Durbanville, (the “property”). To do so she obtained mortgage finance from FirstRand Bank Limited, (the “Bank”). A few years later Ms Nkata faced financial difficulties and fell into arrears with her payments.

South Africa and the world are changing and that change is accelerating. Even the oldest and most established professions must stay ahead of that change if they are to survive and flourish. From higher client expectations and cost-consciousness to an increasingly crowded marketplace and disruptive technologies, the legal industry of tomorrow will be very different from that for which many attorneys were trained.

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